Vikki Hopes

Matsqui Institution in Abbotsford. (Abbotsford News file photo)

More than $88K in drugs and other items seized at Matsqui Institution in Abbotsford

Items discovered include methamphetamine, smart phone and accessories

Matsqui Institution in Abbotsford. (Abbotsford News file photo)
Megan Kinnee, 19, of Maple Ridge was the victim of a fatal motorcycle crash in Abbotsford on July 13, 2018. (Facebook photo)

Rider convicted in 2018 fatal motorcycle crash in Abbotsford that killed Maple Ridge woman

Megan Kinnee, 18, was passenger on bike being driven by Harrison Heth-Klems

Megan Kinnee, 19, of Maple Ridge was the victim of a fatal motorcycle crash in Abbotsford on July 13, 2018. (Facebook photo)
Ninja survived the flooding on Sumas Prairie in Abbotsford in mid-November and made his way back to his former home in Huntingdon – almost 20 kilometres away.

Ninja the cat survives Abbotsford flooding, travels almost 20 km to former home

Pet got away from owner during evacuation from Sumas Prarie home on Nov. 15

Ninja survived the flooding on Sumas Prairie in Abbotsford in mid-November and made his way back to his former home in Huntingdon – almost 20 kilometres away.
Fields on Tolmie Road in Abbotsford were still flooded on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021. The area is in the “lake bottom” portion of Sumas Prairie, where evacuation orders were lifted on Friday (Dec. 10). (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)

‘Worst days are behind us,’ says Abbotsford mayor about flooding situation

Henry Braun gives final flood press conference as he lifts final evacuation order

Fields on Tolmie Road in Abbotsford were still flooded on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021. The area is in the “lake bottom” portion of Sumas Prairie, where evacuation orders were lifted on Friday (Dec. 10). (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)
B.C. Supreme Courthouse in New Westminster. (Black Press file photo)

Drug charges stayed against Abbotsford man who was a fugitive for 9 years

BC Supreme Court justice rules that Khamla Wong’s charter rights were breached twice

B.C. Supreme Courthouse in New Westminster. (Black Press file photo)
Farmer Avtar Dhillon was surprised to see that his saffron plants survived the	catastrophic flooding that hit the Sumas Prairie area of Abbotsford in mid-November.	(Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)

Abbotsford saffron farm suffers major flood losses, but crop is in renewal

Small glimmer of hope amid devastating situation for Sumas Prairie family

Farmer Avtar Dhillon was surprised to see that his saffron plants survived the	catastrophic flooding that hit the Sumas Prairie area of Abbotsford in mid-November.	(Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)
Fields along Tolmie Road on Sumas Prairie in Abbotsford were still flooded on Dec. 7, 2021. (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)

Evacuation order lifted for south portion of Sumas Prairie in Abbotsford

Orders have now been rescinded for three of the four areas impacted by flooding

Fields along Tolmie Road on Sumas Prairie in Abbotsford were still flooded on Dec. 7, 2021. (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)
Riverside Street between Townshipline and Hallert roads was blocked off Sunday (Dec. 5), as investigators collected evidence following the discovery of human remains in a car fire. (Facebook photo)

Homicide team rules death in Abbotsford car fire as ‘non-suspicious’

Autopsy complete following incident Sunday morning on Riverside Street

Riverside Street between Townshipline and Hallert roads was blocked off Sunday (Dec. 5), as investigators collected evidence following the discovery of human remains in a car fire. (Facebook photo)
A photo from the Abbotsford Police Department shows the fake gun (left) that was seized from a suspect on Saturday (Dec. 4) compared to a real police-issued handgun.

Mission man charged with pointing fake gun at a driver in Abbotsford

Police say imitation handgun was found in waistband of suspect’s pants

A photo from the Abbotsford Police Department shows the fake gun (left) that was seized from a suspect on Saturday (Dec. 4) compared to a real police-issued handgun.
An evacuation order for the “central” portion of Sumas Prairie was lifted Monday (Dec. 6). An order for the north portion was lifted Friday (Dec. 3), but the south and “lake bottom” areas remain under evacuation orders.

Evacuation order lifted for central portion of Sumas Prairie in Abbotsford

Mayor Henry Braun extends local state of emergency by another week

An evacuation order for the “central” portion of Sumas Prairie was lifted Monday (Dec. 6). An order for the north portion was lifted Friday (Dec. 3), but the south and “lake bottom” areas remain under evacuation orders.
Riverside Street between Townshipline and Hallert roads was blocked off Sunday (Dec. 5), as investigators collected evidence following the discovery of human remains in a car fire. (Facebook photo)

Homicide team now investigating after human remains found in torched car in Abbotsford

Body discovered early Sunday morning after blaze extinguished on Riverside Street

Riverside Street between Townshipline and Hallert roads was blocked off Sunday (Dec. 5), as investigators collected evidence following the discovery of human remains in a car fire. (Facebook photo)
Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun introduced the city’s Return Home Plan for flood evacuees on Friday (Dec. 3). The plan divides Sumas Prairie into four areas in which evacuation orders will be lifted as floodwaters recede. Braun announced on Friday that the north area (in blue) is the first one to have the order rescinded.

Abbotsford’s Return Home Plan starts with evacuation order lifted for north Sumas Prairie

Mayor Henry Braun says some homes might be uninhabitable

Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun introduced the city’s Return Home Plan for flood evacuees on Friday (Dec. 3). The plan divides Sumas Prairie into four areas in which evacuation orders will be lifted as floodwaters recede. Braun announced on Friday that the north area (in blue) is the first one to have the order rescinded.
Mike Haire, a former vice-principal at W. A. Fraser middle school in Abbotsford, was charged with two child pornography offences in September 2018.

Judge rules evidence admissible in child-porn case involving former Abbotsford vice-principal

Previous ruling found that Mike Haire’s charter rights were breached

Mike Haire, a former vice-principal at W. A. Fraser middle school in Abbotsford, was charged with two child pornography offences in September 2018.
Much of the eastern Sumas Prairie is still covered in floodwaters as shown on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun said on Thursday that it will take at least another two or three weeks for the waters to be completely pumped out. (Andy Holota/Black Press Media)

At least another 2 or 3 weeks before floodwaters are gone, says Abbotsford mayor

Henry Braun says levels are still five to six feet deep in eastern Sumas Prairie

Much of the eastern Sumas Prairie is still covered in floodwaters as shown on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun said on Thursday that it will take at least another two or three weeks for the waters to be completely pumped out. (Andy Holota/Black Press Media)
A tanker truck carrying tar crashed on Harris Road near Olund Road in Abbotsford on Thursday morning (Dec. 2). (Photo: Trevor Regehr/Mission Search and Rescue)

Tanker truck carrying tar crashes on Harris Road in Abbotsford

Road will be closed for several hours between Mt. Lehman and Bates

A tanker truck carrying tar crashed on Harris Road near Olund Road in Abbotsford on Thursday morning (Dec. 2). (Photo: Trevor Regehr/Mission Search and Rescue)
Amanda Christmas stands by the Sumas River in Abbotsford during the filming in February 2021 of the short documentary Lost Lake: Gone but not Forgotten. (Photo by Amanda Christmas)

Sumas Lake film from early 2021 asks: What happens if Barrowtown pumps in Abbotsford fail?

Director Amanda Christmas was shocked that hypothetical situation almost became reality

Amanda Christmas stands by the Sumas River in Abbotsford during the filming in February 2021 of the short documentary Lost Lake: Gone but not Forgotten. (Photo by Amanda Christmas)
Highway 1 is open between Chilliwack and Hope in all lanes as flood waters recede and the Tiger Dam was disassembled. (Photo/B.C. Transportation)

Highway 1 reopens from Abbotsford to Hope

No travel restrictions, but drivers urged to limit to essential purposes

Highway 1 is open between Chilliwack and Hope in all lanes as flood waters recede and the Tiger Dam was disassembled. (Photo/B.C. Transportation)
Crews are on site Thursday morning (Dec. 2) to remove the Tiger Dam across Highway 1 at Cole Road in Abbotsford. (Photo: Abbotsford Police Department)

Tiger Dam on Highway 1 in Abbotsford is coming down

Crews are on site Thursday morning; no word yet on freeway reopening

Crews are on site Thursday morning (Dec. 2) to remove the Tiger Dam across Highway 1 at Cole Road in Abbotsford. (Photo: Abbotsford Police Department)
Much of Abbotsford’s Sumas Prairie was still submerged on Dec. 1, 2021. (Andy Holota/Black Press Media)

Abbotsford sets record in November for most rainfall in a month

City records more than 540 millimetres of precipitation

Much of Abbotsford’s Sumas Prairie was still submerged on Dec. 1, 2021. (Andy Holota/Black Press Media)
Sumas Prairie in Abbotsford, as seen from Eagle Mountain on Dec. 1, 2021. (Photos by Andrew Holota/Black Press Media)

VIDEO: Much of Sumas Prairie in Abbotsford still submerged in floodwaters

Area viewed from Eagle Mountain on Dec. 1 shows large patches of land still under water

Sumas Prairie in Abbotsford, as seen from Eagle Mountain on Dec. 1, 2021. (Photos by Andrew Holota/Black Press Media)